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Mitchell County Commissioners
Minutes, Regular Session
October 3, 2011


The Mitchell County Board of Commissioners met in Regular Session on October 3, 2011 at 6:00 p.m. in the Commissioner’s Conference Room, Administration Building, Bakersville, NC. Those present for the meeting were: Bill Slagle, Chairman; Lee Roy Ledford; Vice-Chairman, Ken Hollifield, Keith Holtsclaw, Member; Joe Street, Member; Charles Vines, County Manager and Kathy Young, Clerk to the Board. Also present were: Mavis Parsley, Finance Officer, Hal Harrison County Attorney; Mitzi Moody, Editor of the Mitchell Gazette and Corey Hoilman, Reporter with the Mitchell-News Journal.

  1. CALL TO ORDER – Chairman Slagle called the meeting to order at 6:00 p.m.

  2. INVOCATION – County Attorney Harrison gave the invocation.

  3. PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE> – Commissioner Ledford led the Pledge of Allegiance. County Manager Vines read a portion of the United States Constitution.


  5. ADOPTION OF AGENDA – Commissioner Hollifield moved to adopt the agenda. Commissioner Ledford seconded the motion and it carried unanimously.

  6. APPROVAL OF MINUTES – Commissioner Holtsclaw moved to approve the Minutes for Regular Session September 12, 2011. Commissioner Hollifield seconded the motion and it carried unanimously.

  7. PUBLIC COMMENTS – Bonnie Sagon thanked the Board for their letter on the agenda process to her. She invited the Board to the ARW meeting on October 13th at 6:00 p.m. at Grassy Creek Golf Course.

    Beth Walker told the Board that Agenda 21 was a local issue and was very important to Mitchell County.

    Linda Dahl discussed her flooding issue with the Board that happened on August 4, 2010.


    1. Youth Summit Update from Kellyn Slotnick – County Manager Vines introduced Kellyn Slotnick. Kellyn told the Board she was a 15-year-old 4-H member in the 10th grade in Mitchell County. She provided the Board with the following Issues and Solutions:

      Teen Pregnancy

      1. Make parenting and child development classes mandatory for graduation.

      2. Broaden education about teen pregnancy (abstinence, early education, STD prevention, birth control, emotional aspects of having sex).

      3. Do not glorify teen pregnancy on TV Shows

      Substance Abuse

      1. “Scared Straight” type programs

      2. DARE

      3. Education parents


      1. Raise drop out age to 18

      2. Electives in school to address more interests

      3. More one on one mentoring


      1. Teen Court

      2. Character building classes

      3. Self defense classes


      1. In school 4-H clubs

      2. Open High School to home schoolers

      3. Block Parties


      1. Job Fair for teens

      2. Internships

      3. Money management programs


      1. Hire quality and qualified teachers

      2. Fundraising/sponsorship

      3. Parental involvement

      Lack of Youth Voice

      1. Youth Councils & Government Councils working together

      2. Leadership

      3. Youth Council

      Health Issues

      1. Mandatory PE/Gym for all grades

      2. Change school lunches to include health food lunches

      3. Healthy cooking classes especially food classes in school

      Lack of Things to Do

      1. More sport activities for home schooled youth ages middle school and up

      2. Join 4-H/FFA or other youth organizations

      3. More programs for middle and high school students

      Commissioner Holtsclaw told Kellyn that the Youth Voice had compiled a list of very important issues.

      Commissioner Hollifield commended Kellyn’s participation in the Youth Summit.

      Commissioner Street asked how to get more people involved in 4-H and how to spread the word about 4-H. Kellyn stated that 4-H needed to be publicized more and she suggested that the youth and commissioners get together to discuss these issues.

      Commissioner Ledford asked Kellyn to keep the ball rolling on those issues.

      Chairman Slagle commended Kellyn on her leadership skills. He told her she had a homework assignment. The assignment was to bring the Board three things that would make 4-H better.


    1. Confirmation of McDowell County’s Line and Mitchell County’s Line - Tax Assessor Hyder informed the Board that Mitchell County has the opportunity to work with McDowell County to get a consensus on each of the county lines. He provided the Board with three maps that show three different county lines. By consensus the Board asked Tax Assessor Hyder to expedite the process as soon as possible.


    1. Appointment to Parkway Fire & Rescue Inc. Local Firefighter’s Relief Fund Board

    2. Request for Release of Funds and Environmental Certification for CDBG 10-C-2139

    3. Community Transportation Program Agreement Between NC Department of Transportation and Mitchell County Transportation Authority

    4. Appointment to the Mitchell County Child Fatality Prevention Team

    5. Releases/Refunds and Discoveries

      Commissioner Ledford moved to approve the Consent Agenda Items (a copy of the Consent Agenda Items are hereby attached and become a part of the minutes).

      Commissioner Street seconded the motion and it carried unanimously.

  11. COUNTY MANAGER’S REPORT – County Manager Vines reminded the Board of the Public Records meeting and briefed the Board on Audit on the Waterline Extension Project.

  12. BOARD COMMENTS – Chairman Slagle discussed the date for the December meeting with the Board. By consensus the Board agreed to meet on Monday, December 12th.

    Commissioner Ledford reminded the Board of the 150th Anniversary celebration this weekend.

    Commissioner Street thanked the Sheriff’s Department for the job they were doing.

  13. ADJOURNMENT – Commissioner Hollifield moved to adjourn the meeting.

    Commissioner Street seconded the meeting.

    The meeting adjourned at 6:40 p.m.


Bill Slagle, Chairman

Lee Roy Ledford, Vice-Chairman

Ken Hollifield, Member

Keith Holtsclaw, Member

Joe Street, Member


Kathy Young, NCCCC Clerk to the Board